Rock candy brings back so many childhood memories. It’s like Pop Rocks or Jawbreakers. You kind of forget about them until you see them in a candy store (or Cracker Barrell am I right?) My boyfriend has the biggest sweet tooth known to mankind. So, naturally he has made rocky candy before. This, as well as my post on rock candy champagne stirrers, inspired me to do a how-to and…tada! Let’s make some rock candy for your kid’s birthday party, a wedding or to just crunch into on the couch watching re-runs of Gossip Girl.
Glass jars or cups
Wooden candy sticks
Food coloring of your choice
I found my wooden candy sticks and food coloring at Michael’s. You can also find them at any craft store or Amazon.
The important thing to remember is to use equal parts sugar and equal parts water. I used 8 cups of sugar and 8 cups of water in order to yield 8 rock candies.
First, pour the water into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the sugar in batches until all the sugar has dissolved.
Let the liquid cool for 20 minutes or so. If you have liquid food coloring to add, add a drop or two now. Pick whichever colors you want! I added pink food coloring to one batch and did one batch without. I used the gold glitter spray-on food coloring from my last post for the second batch once they were done.
While that is cooling, take your wooden sticks, wet them with water and roll them in some granulated sugar. Let these completely dry before moving on.
Then, pour the sugary liquid into each jar. Take a sugar-coated wooden stick and dip into the center of each jar. Make sure it does not touch the bottom or sides. Then take a clothespin, clamp it onto each stick and lay it across the jar opening. This will suspend the candy stick in the middle of the jar and away from the bottom so the crystals can form evenly around it.
Last, cover the top of the jars with a paper towel and set them in a place where they can remain undisturbed by light and movement.
Wait as long as possible! The longer you wait, the better formed your crystals will be. I recommend waiting at least one to two weeks.
4,000 years later, it is finally time to take out the rock candy! Remove each candy and place on some parchment paper to dry.
Unfortunately, a few did not form crystals on the stick itself but on the bottom of the glass instead. I chocked this up to the periodic opening and closing of the cabinet door. Next time I make these, I will definitely place them in an area with less traffic. Trial and error!
A few of these were eaten before I could take a picture thanks to the boyfriend. But, now it is time for you to bite into these bad boys! To make sure they are safe for consumption, of course…